BOARD MEMBERS (2017-2020)

President: Christelle Estrada

                Focus: Fundraising and Partnerships

Vice President: Victoria Cabal

                Focus: College Opportunities

Secretary: Michelle Bachman

               Focus: Mentoring for Learners

Treasurer: Sharon Grey

               Focus: Finance

Trustee: Rebecca Richardson

                Focus: Learner Advocacy 

Trustee: Janet Kaufman

                Focus: Student Leadership Development

Trustee: Cate Praggastis

                Focus: Social Media




Shelley Goldman, Stanford University

The REDlab Team

Shelley Goldman

Shelley Goldman studies learning in and out of school, and applies findings to the development of teaching and learning environments. Goldman's work focuses on creating opportunities for rich math learning, and understanding how design thinking and technologies can increase access to and transform learning. A professor atStanford University's School of Education, Shelley is on the faculty of the Learning Design and Technology master's degree program and the Learning Sciences and Technology Design doctoral program. She is also, by courtesy, faculty in Mechanical Engineering-Design Track. Shelley has been involved in the founding of three public schools (an alternative school, a school-within-a-school, and a charter). Goldman's work combines research and practice, and focuses on bringing design thinking into K-12 teaching and learning, rich mathematics learning, and the design and research of learning technologies. 

Michael J. Scott, University of Illinois, Chicago

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering 

Design theory and methodology, computer-aided design, formal models for design decision-making, multidisciplinary design and optimization, set-based methods, mechanical compilation, multi-resolution modeling. 

Research Interests  Dr. Scott's research interests are in formal, computable models for engineering design, exploring the shifting boundary between the portion of design that can be formally computed and the part of design that must be handled informally. Specific areas include: formal decision models to support negotiation among different groups in a design process (e.g., structural and thermal engineers, engineers and stylists); set- and preference-based design methods; multi-resolution modeling; and mechanical design compilation. Applications include design for manufacturing, concurrent engineering, process automation, robust design, and integrated product development. 


Jane Vella, Founder of Global Learning Partners


Jane went to Tanzania in 1956 and spent her formative years in education teaching in various settings for the next 25 years. She taught at the Institute of Education at the University of Dar es Salaam from 1968 to 1973. Her teaching there brought her into contact with Sally Timmel and Ann Hope who developed the Training for Transformation program, Julius Nyerere, visionary and former President of Tanzania, and Paulo Freire, a legendary advocate for the democratization of learning in South America. Freire's work has inspired adult educators around the world.

In 1977 Jane left Maryknoll and returned to the US. She took up a program of study at The University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she completed her doctorate in Adult Education, doing research entitled Community Education for Development. She began teaching at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Jane started the Jubilee Popular Education Center in 1981. As a training entrepreneur, Jane took the best of her experience and study of formal and participatory education and developed a series of training courses. The principles and practices of Dialogue Education™ outlined then are the foundation of today's GLP courses. Many men and women all over the world learned how to use dialogue in the design and management of adult education programs. Over time Jane trained several graduates of her courses to become "Master Teachers," able to take on teaching her courses independently. In 1998 Jubilee became Global Learning Partners, Inc..